Dave_the_Proc

Dave_the_Proc

  • Commented on The Pivot
    I would also say that should May & Co keep the accelerator firmly stamped to the floor for a Hard Brexit, that they will be happier to throw the DUP under a bus and implement an defacto border in the...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    You may be able to guess what will erupt from them and the people behind them when we crash out, but I can't. We're into totally terror incognita on that front (typo delibrate). What I would caution against is taking...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Greg, since you raised the topic of the Irish border and how it was ignored/dismissed during the referendum campaigning, you (and others) may find this article interesting with respect to how the DUP crapped on their own doorstep, possibly unintentionally....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I strongly suspect that we’re well into the territory where the outcome of cancelling Brexit or removing Trump is even less predictable than letting things continue as they are....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    This sounds tiresomely familiar .......
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Personal analysis/opinion: It's a fig leaf, and I expect the border issue to rear its head again later in the process (or possibly just after Brexit is a done deal, for values of "done"), but this time with an almost...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Similar plot also used in an episode of Futurama, involving Fry’s savings account, anchovies, and Mom’s Friendly Robot Company....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Gumtree is great for bargains. However even your example is unlikely to meet the “under 500 quid” criteria — as soon as you buy the car you will need to re-tax it. Whether paid in a lump sum or over...
  • Commented on Excuses
    The truly cynical would say that sounds just like the real reason for Brexit (distract the masses while the ultra-rich gut the place). As recently noted elsewhere: We're going to be the world's largest off shore tax haven, with added...
  • Commented on Excuses
    In the UK, it is also no longer possible to transfer tax, so when you buy a second hand car you must tax it immediately. Of course, since road tax level is dependent on emissions, which is more or less...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Yes indeed. DN(A)R's are a kindness to all involved. Trust me, having to comfort someone after they've returned from a shift having had to essentially assault an octogenarian repeatedly for 45 minutes (to the point of breaking bones), because they...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    It's not even a case of being trained better, it's the fact that it is almost impossible to give CPR without causing the level of injury that could be presented in court as evidence of assault (however, in the case...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    So what is this - hysterical crap dictating that any physical contact with a child, even accidental, is incontrovertible ground for instantly lynching the toucher for paedophilia/child abuse? That thing about people in America finding an accident victim having to...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Think paying with Scottish notes is difficult? Every tried with a Northern Irish note? Currently there are three banks allowed to print notes in NI, and they're all quite different from each other and from the Bank of England note....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    You may as well ask why every review of a new desktop or laptop fails to prominently include its capability as a word processor....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Ooooooooooh! Nice!...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Current trends would seem to indicate that the pendulum of public opinion in Ireland is swinging slowly towards the point where abortion will be legalized (I suspect that this will happen in RoI well before it happens in NI). Setting...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    We discussed before, and I agree that your analysis has merit; there is certainly a not-improbable path from here to there (although I remain concerned that it may be a path littered with bodies both figurative and literal)....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think you missed my point that it is not an obstacle at all right now -- the current of majority (or vocal minority, possibly) public opinion on abortion and the legal systems are almost in synch. Should abortion become...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Oh Greg! You charmingly naïve and misinformed gent. If you think that abortion and women's rights are even pebbles amongst the speed bumps and road blocks on the way to Irish reunification, you are even more clueless about Ireland and...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    The storm's edge frays, its heart undone A gyre of threads unspun, and loosed upon the world Reknit, old fury fresh once more Change is changed, now changeless....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    356, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 65, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 77, 80 In a nutshell: "Most humans are stupid, I am clever. The End." (Yes, there is other signal in there, but, well, finite life span...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I'm sorry Greg, despite your personal analysis of "positions & postures" and the word of "friends in Germany", stating that we'd be welcomed back into the EU at this point with no penalties, conditions, or compromises (on our part) is...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Links or citations would be greatly appreciated, especially to formally stated positions regarding the cancelling of Art50 by other EU nations or the Commission itself. Otherwise, it's about as reliable speculation as the post-Brexit "wonderful new trade deals" that we...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Worthy list. Seconded, especially the trip to Connemara and Newgrange -- if you do plan to see Newgrange, also consider visiting Drogheda: lots of history, preserved Saint's head, that sort of thing (do *not* mention the name "Cromwell" -- good...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    Because I have a few minutes, some further comments: you missed the "YMMV" This may indeed be a failure of single-channel communication (written text, that is), but the full context of your quote was "But of course, YMMV. HA!" --...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
    If only some well-known published author had written an in depth series of blog articles about traditional publishing, perhaps including something in the series title about misconceptions and how common they might be with respect to the publishing industry. One...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I have lost count of the number of times that the Many Naméd One has said "goodbye". It's part of the regular act: Slow slide into ever more theatrical predictions/promises of our doom; final farewell (implying that we are ungrateful...
  • Commented on Book day!
    For a plethora of reasons, ranging from mundane to recondite, I only got around to picking up The Annihilation Score last week, and am currently consuming The Nightmare Stacks -- I should be in the pleasant position of completing just...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    More regarding the dietary requirements of the under-bridge residents....
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